Davis: Freedom Act restores liberties
Alton Telegraph, by Cory Davenport
U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis says a new version of The Patriot Act, the USA Freedom Act, will restore a number of civil liberties the previous measure did not protect.
The USA Freedom has already passed the United States House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote of 303 to 121. Davis, who represents portions of the Metro East, is one of the 303 to vote in favor of the measure.
“I voted yes because the USA Freedom Act abolished the collection of metadata,” Davis said. “It reformed Section 215 of the Patriot Act which allowed metadata collection. It would protect the civil liberties of Americans and allow law enforcement to use their technology within the bounds of the law.”
Davis said the USA Freedom Act would allow law enforcement to target individuals that posed a clear and present danger to the United States. He said the new bill would stop Americans from being harmed without the mass collection of data its previous incarnation allowed.
“There is always going to be theories that the federal government is collecting data on every American, and that was my main concern with this bill,” Davis said.
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